A new wireless biosensor for intra-vaginal temperature monitoring

Sensors (Basel). 2010;10(11):10314-27. doi: 10.3390/s101110314. Epub 2010 Nov 17.


Wireless Body Sensors for medical purposes offer valuable contributions to improve patients' healthcare, including diagnosis and/or therapeutics monitoring. Body temperature is a crucial parameter in healthcare diagnosis. In gynecology and obstetrics it is measured at the skin's surface, which is very influenced by the environment. This paper proposes a new intra-body sensor for long-term intra-vaginal temperature collection. The embedded IEEE 802.15.4 communication module allows the integration of this sensor in a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) for remote data access and monitoring. We present the sensor architecture, the construction of the corresponding testbed, and its performance evaluation. This sensor may be used in different medical applications, including preterm labor prevention and fertility and ovulation period detection. The features of the constructed testbed were validated in laboratory tests verifying its accuracy and performance.

Keywords: IEEE 802.14.5; Wireless Body Sensor; Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN); e-health; temperature.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biosensing Techniques / instrumentation*
  • Biosensing Techniques / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / instrumentation*
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / methods
  • Pregnancy
  • Telemetry / instrumentation
  • Telemetry / methods
  • Temperature
  • Vagina / physiology*